Jessica Williams, Burlington TimesNews

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Burlington TimesNews

Burlington, NC, United States

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Past articles by Jessica:

Are vaccines safe? Science says yes

Alamance-Burlington schools’ lead nurse weighs in on N.C. vaccination exemption laws, even as parental hesitance to vaccinate increases based on faulty and debunked claims. → Read More

Elon University welcomes the Class of 2023

ELON — A flock of SUVs descended on Elon University on Friday, Aug. 23, as 1,675 first-year students moved into their dorms.They were greeted → Read More

10 Alamance students become manufacturing apprentices

The Career Accelerator Program helps high schoolers and recent graduates graduate from Alamance Community College, earn certification with the Department → Read More

Sheep wranglers

Blue can herd sheep like it’s nobody’s business.The nine-year-old border collie keeps his distance, calmly striding behind the group, weaving to the left and right to keep them on track. When a lamb breaks away, he quickly runs beside it, pushing it back to the others.It’s Sunday, August 18, and Kelly Martin of Findley Vue Farm, 4607 N.C. Highway 62 North, is hosting a sheep-herding… → Read More

Professor relays story of black activism and the post office

SEDALIA – When postal workers went on strike in March of 1970, President Richard Nixon’s initial plan was to fire them all.He sent military personnel to deliver the mail in New York City, where the strike had originated, but they lacked the manpower and training to do the job. Wall Street was nearing a shutdown, citizens weren’t getting their checks, and it all pointed to one inevitable… → Read More

Should student arrests be left up to principals?

Police data reveal inconsistent discipline policies across ABSS → Read More

ABSS parent forms Native American council

Crystal Keck wants to support Native American students in the Alamance-Burlington School System.A member of the Occaneechi-Saponi tribe of Pleasant Grove, → Read More

Pleasant Grove pilots kindergarten boot camp

School can be rough, especially when you’re 5.During the first week of August, Pleasant Grove Elementary School piloted a four-day kindergarten readiness camp to aid its youngest students in adjusting to school before the official first day Aug. 26.“Our teachers really came up with this idea because the first few weeks are always lost to routine, lost to trying to figure out how to be a student… → Read More

Allen Gant Jr. asks Alamance County to collaborate to solve issues

GRAHAM — Allen Gant Jr. has a challenge for Alamance County: Lead, follow, or get out of the way.The former CEO and current chair of Glen Raven Inc. delivered the keynote address for Alamance Community College’s annual State of Alamance panel Friday, Aug. 9, where stakeholders from across the county gathered to hear about recent successes and future challenges in business, health and… → Read More

Elon University President Connie Book delivers community address

ELON — Elon University President Connie Book kicked off the 2019–20 academic year with a community address Thursday, Aug. 8, at the Schar Center.“It’s exciting to feel the energy coming back up on campus as we prepare for the next class coming to Elon,” she told the small crowd of Alamance County stakeholders.Elon football players were already moved in and getting in shape for their first game… → Read More

Biking on sidewalks: A necessary crime in Mebane

Mebane council amends longtime ordinance to increase safety → Read More

Did your school get fixed this summer? Here's a list of 20 completed ABSS projects

Summer is always busy for the Alamance-Burlington School System’s maintenance team.This year, around half of the district’s 36 schools had → Read More

Mebane honors local movers and shakers

MEBANE — Names like “Cates” and “McDade” are famous in Mebane, and now the people behind them are being honored. → Read More

Mebane Chick-fil-A opens to a dedicated crowd

Mebane has wanted a Chick-fil-A for a long, long time. Now they have one.More than 170 people gathered Wednesday, July 31, outside the new business at → Read More

CTEC hopes summer skills camp will lure more students

The Alamance-Burlington Career and Technical Education Center is training the Pixar animators of tomorrow.Seth Hall and Landon Tyler teamed up Tuesday, → Read More

Diverse doctors

GRAHAM – Christopher McCorvey, 11, wants to be a dentist for a very special reason.“My dad is in the army and I really want to help people → Read More

30 years of teaching, 30 years of tech

Jessica Williams jessicawtn South Graham teacher to retire from computer lab GRAHAM — When Angie Riffe first began teaching technology at South Graham Elementary School, they were using Apple IIe computers and floppy disks. Now in her 31st and final year of teaching, she laughs when she looks back on how much has changed. “We started out doing a lot of keyboarding, a lot of mouse control,” Riffe… → Read More

Bringing Alamance County to the table in downtown Burlington

Healthy Alamance gathers community around local food, farmers' markets → Read More

Controlled growth: Mebane council gains power to deny development

Mebane is the eighth fastest-growing city in North Carolina. The esoteric rule change gives the city council power to control development, city planner says. → Read More

3 things you didn't know about the famous moon landing

Alamance County celebrated the Apollo 11 mission Saturday. Facts about the US flag planted there, conspiracy theories and the "unknown" astronaut in the mission. → Read More